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The Fallacy of Isolation

January 21, 2011

 

by Matthew Saville

Is Jared Loughner a lone isolated individual suffering from schizophrenia, or another severe psychiatric disorder? Is there a correct and superior way to be a mother, whether it be Chinese or otherwise? While the Jared Loughner’s presumed killings and Amy Chua’s publicity piece in the WSJ have nothing in common, many of the discussions about Loughner’s mental illness and Chua’s mothering derive from a belief that how one becomes a person, any kind of person, is separate from both the physical and relational environment.

Anthropological and psychological data support the opposite notion. Humans are embedded in the spaces and places known as home.  The forces involved in mental illness involve an interaction between neurobiology, relationships and environments.  Mothering involves teaching children how to navigate that interaction.  Loughner’s  neurobiological stress organized itself through the symbols of the culture to which he was exposed. And there is no one way to be a good mother because the variables differ across landscapes.  Here are some examples: (more…)


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